As the Telegraph reported, the name calling between Turkey and the Netherlands, as well as persona non grata declarations for ambassadors, began with this decision:
“Mr Erdoğan reacted furiously to Holland’s decision prevent his foreign minister from entering the country in order to hold a pro-government rally with Turkish citizens living in Rotterdam.”
There seems to be wide support in Holland for this decision. Personally, I think Holland made the right call, because there is nothing in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations (1961) that guarantees Turkish government and diplomatic officials be allowed to engage in Dutch politics with mass rallies that foment and incite certain factions.
The presumtion of the Vienna Conventions (Articles 31 – 39) is that diplomats engage in diplomacy and not in domestic politics, which are not part of their “normal duties” and could even be classified as other “professional activities” (with no more “diplomatic immunity.”)
Imagine, for one moment, if Dutch government officials insisted upon flying to Ankara and leading large anti-Islam public demonstrations. If these Dutch had ever managed to do so, well, we all know what the inside of a Turkish prison looks like, thanks to Midnight Express.
It is inconceivable that the Turkish government would ever grant Dutch officials the same privileges (abuses, really) that they now accuse the Dutch of withholding.
Under “Islamic” leadership, Turkey is retrogressing into another century. As CNN reports:
“Next month, Turkish voters will cast ballots in a constitutional referendum that could change their government structure. If passed, it would transform the country’s parliamentary system into a presidential one, effectively consolidating the power of three legislative bodies into one executive branch under Erdogan.”
Arguably, Islam is incompatible with democratization. Turkey is just the latest case study: Exhibit Y.
Of course, when applied literally, Christianity and Judaism are also incompatible with democracy; fortunately, however, those two religions are weakened by modernization (except perhaps in Israel, where religion still contaminates civil society).
Most Muslims – especially in the West but also in the Middle East – are secular, and they deserve more respect than they often receive. But significant numers of Muslim immigrants to Europe are indeed dangerous. They want to put Islamic theory into practice, and they keep shouting louder about it.
So Holland did the right thing – unless you prefer to see a Europe where there is capital punishment for insulting Mohammed, where women must wear a veil, and where a portion of women undergo female genital mutilation.
If Turks want to participate in European civilizaiton as Europeans, then is incumbent upon the Turks themselves to de-Islamicize their politics. Europe is not obliged to accommodate backward thinking.
The recent events in Holland will probably benefit the candidacy of Geert Wilders. He can say some wild things sometimes (not that I keep close track of Dutch politics), but he is right in this 1-minute video.